Agents of Secrecy

Our investigation takes you deeper inside the corporate secrecy industry than ever before




London/Former Soviet Union/Seychelles


Simon Bowers

Purity Mukami

Leila Haddou

Diarmid O'Sullivan


Clement Kumalija


Fact Checker

Richard Smith


BBC News Data Journalism Team and BBC Panorama

Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation

Using thousands of leaked documents and advanced data analysis, we have tracked down the masterminds and minions that make up some of the busiest Russia-facing corporate secrecy agencies.

Though all the agencies operate within the law, some of their shady clients are behind many of the biggest money laundering scandals of recent times.

Working with the BBC and Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation we explain why money launderers across the former Soviet Union have, for decades, turned to anonymous firms in the United Kingdom.

We reveal how politicians have failed to stamp out corporate secrecy, despite boasts to the contrary. Their failure has helped criminals and money launderers to exploit loopholes to shift billions of dollars in dirty money through shell companies.